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Pete Soulby

E39 525i Touring Sport

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I’ll start with a little bit of background.

So.....

When I was 21 I needed a car and at the time my Aunt was selling her 518i in SE spec, it was high mileage at 140k but you really wouldn’t of known it and it was standard bar some later E39 alloys (The specialist she used suggested that buying these off him would be cheaper than replacing the runflats that were on the original alloys).

I loved this car and put a further 10k on it, some of those towing a LWB Shogun on a trailer 150 miles for my dad, this sadly killed the clutch and Air-Con compressor. Once repaired I decided that insurance was getting lower it was time to get something a little better, sadly though I bought a convertible Astra 2.2 on VXR wheels, still it looked nice enough.


Unfortunately only the one pic.
 

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Fast forward a few years later and after getting rid of my van I bought another 5 series, an E39 this time and a much nicer car, loved this car and genuinely regretted getting rid of it, had a very good spec and my first straight 6 being a 525, sadly though a daily commute of 60 mile was getting silly having just got my own place.

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Years passed and after a succession of Mondeo TDCI’s I spotted a car advertised on here that looked like it had loads of potential, a couple of viewings later and I had a nicely specced 528i Touring, sadly after putting it through a test the numbers just didn’t add up and I sold it on eBay within 5 mins of listing it.

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More years down the line and not really needing a car I thought I’d treat myself to something I enjoyed again, after getting rid of the daily I went hunting and found this low mileage 525i Touring Sport in Auto flavour. Having viewed the car I deemed it was a rough diamond and made an offer that was accepted. 

I’ve had it a few weeks now and replaced a battery and front drop links. The car is far from perfect and definitely a ten foot car but I bought with my heart and not my head so I’ll have to stand by my decision. The main thing that lets the car down is the front bumper - It’s trashed! Along with all the under trays for it. I think it’s gone into a soft verge at some point as the passenger sill was pushed in, I've since bashed that out to look a bit more presentable. 

I have a few more than the one pic this time though, I’ll start with the sellers first....

 

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These pictures show the sill better. After a while I thought I’d plug my code reader in to see what was what as it was a little smokey on a run (condensation), I got a code for a camshaft exhaust sensor so I bought one and went to replace it, spot the deliberate mistake....

 

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Anyway, part numbers suggest it’s the right part but it won’t fit, I’ll keep it as a spare for the inlet cam.

I gave it a clean too, I needed to make it clean so I could take the kids in it, it was a little grim before....

 

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I also took pictures of the bad bits, it’s a 16 year old car after all, bar the bumper and the obligatory broke ashtray it’s not too bad and just needs time to sort it, worse bits being the rear arches, I’m hoping to run these back, treat and paint these though.
 

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I’ve a few other pictures but it won’t let me upload them for some reason??

 

Since these pics I’ve repaired the load cover handle, correctly fitted the sensor as I had a special moment the first time and serviced the car inc new Bosch wipers that were linked to from ECP.

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Looks a nice E39 Touring! Especially after a wash. Keep the updates coming. Has the auto box been serviced in the past? If not it might be prudent to do so in the coming weeks. 

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The Touring looks good after its wash Pete,i think any new to you car purchase looks better after a spruce up and you have started to make it your own,

We,ve just sold our 530i Sport Tourer for an e61 and i,ve been wondering if we had dropped an almighty bollock,but since giving it a good clean in and out and doing a few cosmetic jobs(back windows tinted,headlight polish)i am starting to feel a bit better about the change,

Good luck with your new purchase and keep the updates coming.

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On 02/01/2018 at 7:11 PM, GStarrr said:

Looks a nice E39 Touring! Especially after a wash. Keep the updates coming. Has the auto box been serviced in the past? If not it might be prudent to do so in the coming weeks. 

 

I don’t have any proof of it being done, given time I think it’s something I’ll do.

 

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So, I had a door that I got silly with in the frost and lifted the handle too far on the back door, feeling a clunk I feared the worst and posted a thread asking what’s likely to of broke so I could get parts before I started the job. Fortunately someone said the cables can actually just pop off, feeling hopeful I had a look and was pleased to see it popped off, popped back on and it was fine. Pic if it helps someone in future, the red collar had popped out it’s casting....

 

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As I mentioned earlier I serviced the car too, it was last done 11k ago but that was three years ago!! Took advantage of an ECP offer and got 8 litres of this stuff...

 

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I got an air filter too but fitted that before I got snap happy. I think the next thing I’m going to attack is the front suspension as it’s knocking away on bumps, I need to see what’s what first though and see if I can upgrade / improve at all whilst I’m there.  I’ve already fitted some very cheap drop links but these didn’t really make much difference.

 

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Yup; they can just pop off, did it on my previous E38 ;) Glad it was just that and not snapped etc

 

Re front clunks; could be the main arms, but could be cheap drop links or the ARB bushes, so start cheap and work from there

 

FYI; these cars do not like cheap parts! 

 

Re the oil; that's a pricey drink, I just make do with ECP's own TripleQX, found it to be very good! However, the last 2 Crosland filters I used both fell apart and it was a swine to clear the filter housing of all the debris, I just stick to Mann filters now!

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To be honest, the age of the car, I’ll just replace everything. The state of the roads nowadays I’d rather replace cheap ones every 2-3 months rather than expensive ones at the same rate.

 

The oil actually worked out good value for money, can’t remember off the top of my head but Air filter, oil filter Bosch wipers and 8l of oil was £60. Wipers alone were £16.  I do normally use the TripleQX stuff and had no issues, I’ve been using the Castrol on my discovery and I’ve been impressed with the state of it after 10k so thought whilst it was on offer I’d pop some in this too.

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We've very rough country lanes around where I live; had no issues with Meyle drop links failing, so I'd highly recommend those than budget ones. They're not that expensive, but better than unknown brands from your local motorfactors IMO

 

However, it's your £££ ;) 

 

I'm on coilovers that are set medium to hard as well!

 

Yeah; think I mentioned the 50% off sale ECP had just before Christmas, I bought 10l of 5W40 Triple QX oil and a few Mann filters; worked out at £28 or something daft like that :roll::lol: 

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Truth be told I’ve never had issues with cheap drop links before on any car, I think a lot of it depends on how you drive.

 

Sounds like you got a good deal with your oil. B)

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